"Art of Stress-free Living: Eastern and Western Approach" is a practical guide that combines stress treatment approaches recognized for centuries by faith healers and meditation experts, and are now accepted by modern medical practitioners. It can save you from going to expensive seminars and other programs offered in physicians' offices, spas, schools or retirement centers; because it provides relaxation techniques that you can follow yourself.
What is called "Sudarshan Kriya" by new age gurus is a cycle of breaths—long, medium and short. Not only breathing patterns influence our emotions, the breath is in the present and is used to "rope in the wandering mind" that oscillates wildly between the past and the future. You will learn how the breath being in the present can be used to "rope in the wandering mind". Like Zen masters who teach that the present moment is a chink opening into eternity, this guide describes in detail "THE POWER OF NOW- ZEN BUDDHISM APPROACH."
This guide also takes into account the positive (pre-distress/eustress) aspects of stress.
The introduction to "Art of Stress-free Living" starts with a quote by Dr. Redford Williams, Duke University: "Diet and exercise alone are like a two-legged stool. It's more stable with the third leg, stress management." However, this guide goes even further that for healthy heart stress management is even more important than weight control and lower cholesterol. The author, Dr. Dhillon observes that his stressed friends who were not overweight, had normal cholesterol ended up with bypass surgery, whereas those who are overweight but with low stress level did not need bypass surgery so far (in their seventies now). He provides various studies and statistics on "high cost of stress" in terms of health as well as wealth. The studies show sixty to 90 percent of all doctor visits involve stress-related complaints.
The book consists of six chapters each representing an independent topic: chapter 1, Mind-Body Connection; Chapter 2, Stress Management Approaches; Chapter 3, Mental Relaxation Approaches to Stress; Chapter 4, How Breathing Affects Stress; Chapter 5, The Value of Spiritual Living; Chapter 6, The Power of Now: Zen Buddhism Approach. The chapters precede by introduction, and are followed by Glossary, References, and Notes.
After establishing mind-body connection in chapter 1, the next chapters 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 cover various approaches to stress management. However, before dealing with purely stress-management approaches, author does discuss in chapter 2 various sources of stress and stress symptoms. This chapter also gives a graph where you can determine your stress-level.
In addition to common sense approaches to routine stress, under specific stress-management approaches are discussed "Medical Approaches" and "Non-Medical alternatives." Nutritional approach, exercise, sleep, a change of routine, financial planning, and communication are among various other means of handling stress. The author introduces relaxation techniques to be followed in detail later in the next chapters.
Chapter 6 scientifically evaluates the Zen Buddhism approach to relieve stress. Enlightenment, emotion, psychological pain are included in this chapter. Dr. Dhillon, who is uniquely qualified to present a synthesis of Eastern and Western stress-management approaches, goes in detail about the power of now in this chapter. In this chapter, he also covers general suggestions based on Zen Buddhism.
The subconscious mind is an integral part of the mind that modern psychologists acknowledge as an invisible layer of human consciousness. My research suggests a form of an amoeba rather than a layer, a hermaphrodite, morphed amoeba that in some of its manifestations is covered in mold. I’ll tell you in a minute why…
The subconscious mind patterns are programmed by repetition, soul-to-soul contacts and deep emotions. If the emotion is “fear” we run a risk of raising a child that will not properly develop Own-Self but stay in the shadows of the Parents’ Will-Power, or a solder that stays overpowered with his King who consciously or subconsciously wishes him to stay mentally and emotionally weak, so he can kill for his King.
Reiki is a therapy that is often designated as palm healing. A Reiki healer in Terrigal puts his/her hands over the patient’s body to enable healing process. It combines Chinese (Ki, vital energy) and Japanese (rei, spiritual) characters. The basic idea behind Reiki is that the vibrant energy can be directed to support the body’s natural ability to heal. Reiki considers that life force energy flows to all living beings. It is the part of the mind, body, spirit and emotions. When a person’s energy is low, they feel stressed or sick while if the energy is at the right level, they feel healthier and happier.
In recent times, Reiki has been incorporated in various healthcare settings such as hospitals. Reiki helps to reduce pain and anxiety by inducing relaxation. It relieves the symptoms of depression and improves fatigue.
Any person of any age can take Reiki treatment. Also, there is no need to remove your clothes during this treatment. You can lie down on a table or bed with face up or down. You can also sit on the chair. The Reiki healer in Terrigal places his hands on the forehead, top of head, neck, abdomen, upper and lower chest, feet and chest. The music can be played in the background. Reiki healers can also provide healing treatments from long distance. The healers send energy through another source like facetime without direct contact with the patient.
What happens during Reiki?
Reiki affects the perception of pain like how much your pain is and how much you can feel it. It increases the response of the body to relaxation. After Reiki treatment, you can feel positive changes in the immune system. After a reiki treatment, a person can experience below- mentioned responses:
Reiki treatment relieves depression. As per a clinical study, scientists studied the effects of Reiki on older patients with anxiety, depression and pain. The subjects reported an improvement in mood, physical symptoms and well-being. Also, they demonstrated more feelings of self-care and relaxation.
Researchers have studied that Reiki can help to reduce anxiety and pain.
Reiki treatment improves your overall health. Scientific evidence has shown that Reiki helps to improve the quality of life of women with cancer. Women with regular treatment show improvement in self-confidence, sleep pattern and level of depression. The feelings of relaxation, calm and inner peace were also reported.
Reiki treatment improves mood by reducing depression and anxiety. Researchers have also concluded improvement in the mood than people who have not taken Reiki treatment.
Reiki is an effective treatment method that brings positive health benefits. It can also be used with other complementary treatments like massage, acupuncture and counselling.
Meditation is one of the best techniques to relax. The benefits of meditation are improved clarity, increased concentration, calm mind and the relaxation of body and mind. The regular sessions of meditation under the guidance of the meditation teacher in Terrigal has a profound effect on three domains such as mental, physical and spiritual.
With regular practice of meditation, every cell gets filled with life. The individual get filled with peace, joy and enthusiasm. Moreover, meditation brings your brain into the state of alpha that promotes healing. It makes your mind beautiful and fresh.
Meditation improves mood and reduces everyday stress
It is a simple technique that can be practiced minimum for 10 minutes. It helps to manage stress, anxiety and improve cardiovascular health. When your body is exposed to sudden threat or stress, then body reacts as a fight or flight response. This adrenaline rush is a result of release of hormones like adrenaline and noradrenaline. It increases heart rate, blood pressure, breathing and blood flow. Thus, doing meditation on a regular basis train your mind and body to achieve the state of relaxation. Relaxation results in the reduction of breathing, blood pressure and pulse rate. Thus, it improves mood, digestion, lowers blood pressure and daily stress.
How to meditate?
Meditation comprises a silent repetition of a sound, word and phrase. It requires to sit quietly with closed eyes and good posture for 10 to 20 minutes. The meditation must be done in a quiet place that is free from distractions. Feel that your muscles from feet to your face are getting relaxed. You must focus to breathe from your nose. During meditation, ignore all the intruding thoughts and worries. Try to ignore all the outside sound, phrases and words.
Tips for beginners
You are advised to start meditation under the supervision of the Meditation teacher in Terrigal. However, we are discussing simple tips that can help you to start meditation
Meditation is coming into mainstream as people of all ages are benefitted by it. Multinational companies offer courses in mindfulness and meditation for their employees. Doctors also recommend meditation to improve health and reduce stress.